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Helen Bacon Hoffman

1930 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Helen Bacon Hoffman Obituary
July 14, 1930 - November 8, 2017
Helen Bacon Hoffman, known to friends as "Biddy," passed away on November 8, 2017, at the age of 87 years. Helen is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard, her children, Kathi (Terry), Rick (Faith), and Cindy (Alex), five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and her brother, Stanley Bacon.

Helen was a renowned artist whose medium included oils and pastels. Her unique talent was in the tone she set through the action of light, shadows and reflected light. In each of her paintings, she produced exquisite depictions of everyday settings made extraordinary by beautifully drawn contrasts of light and shadow.

Helen always said, "I want to explore the familiar, to discover the world around me, rather than create one of my own. Whether it is in the bustle of a market place or the quiet moment of a reader with his book, there is a mood created that I try to share on canvas. I want to involve my viewers and give them a moment of pleasure."

Helen was born in San Antonio, Texas and began studying art as a teenager with the noted Southwest artist, Hugo Pohl. She later studied at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and with the world famous artist, Herbert E. Abrams.

When she married Army officer, Richard, her husband's career meant worldwide travel. Helen took advantage of her nomadic life by painting wherever she found herself, often returning to her former haunts of Hawaii, Mexico and Europe to paint. Helen also found intriguing subjects for her paintings in Florida, her residence since 1986.

One of Helen's favorite sources of artistic inspiration was her greenhouse where she cultivated exotic orchids and became an active member of the Jacksonville Orchid Society. When Helen retired and moved from her Deerwood home to Fleet Landing, Atlantic Beach, she donated her lifetime orchid collection to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Helen's career included an impressive listing of art awards, shows, and permanent art exhibits. She also won many statewide awards for her orchids.
A celebration of Helen's life will be held at 2 pm, on Wednesday, November 15, at the Beaches Museum Chapel, 505 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach with Pastor Gabe Goodman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice & Palliative Care, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257 or give online at

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hardage-giddens

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (904) 249-2374
Published in Express-News on Nov. 12, 2017
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